reclaiming website search

I’ve been withdrawing from relying on Google wherever possible, for various reasons. One place where I was still stuck in the Googleverse was with the embedded site search I was using on my self-hosted static file photo gallery site. That was one of the few places where I couldn’t find a decent replacement for Google, so it stayed there. And I wasn’t comfortable with that - I don’t think Google needs to be informed every time someone visits a page I host1....

January 5, 2014 · 3 min

how to repair all tables in all databases on a mysql server

This comes in handy, and I have to google it every time I need it12. So, here’s a copy for reference later… mysqlcheck --repair --use-frm --all-databases Run it as root, with MySQL running. It’ll repair every table in every database. Give it time to chew for awhile. It spews out the status of every table as it works. Here’s what it found with my FeverËš database tables (which now work just fine):...

August 10, 2013 · 2 min

resource management on Hippie Hosting

The Hippie Hosting Co-op server has been humming along for several months now. We've had our share of growing pains, and recently we'd been seeing memory usage on the server spiking pretty severely. For the non-Hippies: the Co-op is run on a Mediatemple (dv) dedicated virtual server, and we have 197 domains for 84 members running on the box. Most are pretty low demand, simple blogs with low traffic. Some are higher demand....

September 24, 2012 · 2 min

Ramping up the Co-op in Hippie Hosting Co-op

The Hippie Hosting Co-op was started by the idea of friends and colleagues pitching in to share resources to run a server together. It kind of took off from there. In the months since the launch, it’s grown to over 80 members1, most of whom were attracted by the idea2. And it’s continued to grow. But, we’re reaching a point where we need to make some decisions as a co-op. For this to work, it has to be more than just a discount web hosting provider3....

August 29, 2012 · 4 min

Hippie Hosting server now has room to grow

I'd been getting nervous, seeing the storage on our Hippie Hosting Co-op server filling up. We were over 80% full, with less than 18GB left until we were in serious trouble. So, I did some digging. I was getting ready to start deleting some of the bigger video files in my web hosting account, to make space. Turns out, that wasn't necessary. I use this to find directories that have lots of stuff in them:...

July 15, 2012 · 2 min

the long tail of hippie hosting sites

There are now over 170 sites hosted on the Hippie Hosting Co-op server. Most are low traffic, low resources sites, with a handful of big sites. The folks with big sites are paying more than the nominal fee, so it all works out. I was surprised to see how few large sites there are on the server. I was also surprised to only be #3 on the list. This whole Reclaim project wants to suck up drive space....

June 26, 2012 · 1 min

Self-hosting video with WordPress and Hippie Hosting Co-op

I've been messing around with hosting my own videos, but that's one area where the third party services have the functionality nailed. They magically transcode video file formats. They create thumbnails. They provided embeds to make it easy to use the video. But, Jim posted about how he's having to take on some copyfighting, because YouTube is bending over for some pretty outrageous false copyright claims. The only way to prevent a third party from misusing your content is to not use a third party....

June 24, 2012 · 2 min

goaccess live webserver stats on hippie hosting

I just installed the GoAccess apache log processing application on the Hippie Hosting Co-op server, giving users a way to watch the stats for their sites in realtime, without having to rely on privacy-invading analytics bugging software. This software works on the command line, so just SSH into your account and type: goaccess -f statistics/logs/access_log That tells goaccess to load with the logfile at the specified location. You can feed it other logfiles, but the default one for a Hippie Hosting account should be at statistics/logs/access_log....

June 8, 2012 · 1 min